Brush fire near Vantage burns nearly 200 acres, impacts traffic on Interstate 90

SEATTLE–  A vehicle fire sparked a brush fire, shutting down the westbound lanes of the state’s major east/west artery on the busy 4th of July holiday weekend. WSDOT issued a travel alert Saturday afternoon. The fire is at milepost 126 near the Ryegrass rest area.

Due to the fire fighting operations and smoke over the roadway, westbound I-90 was closed at milepost 136. The Washington Department of Natural Resources rates that part of Kittitas County currently as moderate. Temperatures were expected to be in the 90s in that part of the state Saturday afternoon with gusty winds between 25-35 mph.

Washington State Patrol said two lanes of westbound I-90 reopened late Saturday evening.